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Thread: Swollen and Cloudy Eyes
11-17-2012, 08:00 PM #1
Swollen and Cloudy Eyes
I have been keeping reef tanks for several years and have never had a sick fish. I recently transferred my 90g reef down to Vero - now it's a 220g reef. I recently added a small cleaner shrimp since I lost my other one in the move. Immediately after adding the cleaner shrimp my two tangs and trigger lined up to get clean. Since the waiting time was so long for each fish I decided to add another small cleaner shrimp to the tank. Now my trigger (pinktail) has a cloudy eye and my yellow tang has a swollen eye. The majority of answers I found online stated that it would be a bacterial infection, but I'm not sure how this would have made it into the aquarium. There has been some tension between the larger fish - vlamingi tang, yellow tang, and pinktail trigger as to dominance of the new tank. All parameters are spot on for the reef - clueless...
Is this a result of a bacterial infection or could this be cause by stress and injury due to the recent dominance battle? Could the cleaner shrimp have caused this? Of course I am scheduled to fly out of town tomorrow for a week - timing never was my thing...
My only experience with something like this is in freshwater after large cichlids have been fighting. When that happens all you have to do is give it time and it will heal. Am I that fortunate in this scenario? I hope so...220g South American
11-17-2012, 08:18 PM #2
I can think of two possibilities
1- Some type of bacteria infection related the the nipping/casing/stress of the fish trying to establish there new turf (as others have already suggest). I'm going throught that right now with the three tangs in my new up-graded 180 gallon tank. So far it's not been that bad in my tank tho. I'm not to sure what to suggest in this case because as the fish need to sort this out first. If it gets bad enough you could try a medicated dip in paraguard. Removing the fish to a QT tank can also be a option if it gets bad enough and a dip will not work.
2 - Could there have been any way that you could have introduced flukes into the tank ??? If that is a possiblity, prazipro can be used in reef tanks to treat itIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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